LISTENING TO ICE

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Is a film documenting sonic methods for understanding climate change from techno-scientific to socio-cultural. Through a number of site-based activities carried out at Drang Drung Glacier in the Zanskar region of the Himalyas team members set out to measure, monitor, and record the material transformations of the glacier as well as engage with local mountain communities directly impacted by climate change. Scientific activities included the deployment of an underwater sensor (hydrophone) at the glacial lake whereas workshops brought local villagers from Akshow to the glacier for sessions in “deep listening.” Lowering various hydrophones into its icy crevasses allowed us to tune into its subglacial streams, to hear the rushing of meltwater, and the underwater crackling of ice and popping air bubbles. For some, the glacier conjured the domesticated sound of boiling tea, for others the whir of a passing helicopter.  In Leh, we met with local song collector Morup Namgyal who has been archiving folks songs about glaciers, mountains, rivers, and streams since the 1960s.



Realised by artist-researcher Susan Schuppli along with glaciologist Mohd. Farooq Azam, community organiser Faiza Ahmad Khan and Delhi-based cinematographer Gurmeet Sapal.

Additional assistance was provided by Jigmet Singge and Kunzang Deachen, Project Coordinators of the Ladkah-based NGO “Local Futures” .

Smriti Srivastava & Mohd. Arif Hussain, PhD students , IIT Indore
Mohd. Jawad, Teacher, Sankoo Kargil, Ladakh,
Bhim Bahadur Adhikari, Nepal

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EXHIBITIONS
Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2022)

Stiftung Kunst und Natur, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg  (2022)

Toronto Biennale,
Canada (2022)

SCREENINGS

TALKS
Contact with the more-than-huamn world, CTM Festival Berlin (25 May 2022)

Deep Journal workshops, Sentient Media, Matadero, Madrid (12-13 March 2022)

Just+Ice: Cold Rights in a Warming World, Conversation with Carey Young, Wolfson, Oxford College (3 March 2022)

Listening to Ice, KMD, Bergen (21 February 2022)

Cold Matters, Digital Democracies Institute, Simon Fraser University  (2 February 2022)

Knowledge, New Materialism, Decoloniality and Feminism, Sound Studies in Kunstwissenschafts Institute, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (31 January 2022)

CryoDiscussion: What does the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report say about cryosphere change in the HKH? ICIMOD, Nepal (17 December 2021)

RESOURCES
Do Glaciers Listen? / Book by Julie Cruikshank

Caring for Glaciers / Book by Karine Gagné

The End of Ice: Exploring a Himalayan Glacier / Article by Dexter Filkins




This research is conducted with the commissioning of the British Council COP26 Creative Commissions programme 2021-22. The book project is funded by a British Council Top-up grant 2022.


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